Lewis Hamilton has taken out his eighth British Grand Prix and third in a row in spectacular fashion in front of his home fans at Silverstone.
Hamilton put on an impressive performance to win the race after been given a 10-second penalty for an incident with rival Max Verstappen on the opening lap.
Verstappen crashed out on the opening lap resulting in a red flag, suspending the race until the track was cleared.
At the race restart, Hamilton started in second place behind Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc.
Hamilton remained behind Leclerc for a large portion of the race before pitting and serving his 10-second penalty on lap 27, coming out in fifth position.
From there the Brit fought his way back up the grid, getting past Lando Norris on lap 31 and 10 laps later passing his teammate Valtteri Bottas to move into second place.
It then appeared inevitable that Hamilton would catch Leclerc having 11 laps to do so.
With the roaring British crowd behind him, Hamilton got the job done on lap 50, passing Leclerc and going on to win the Grand Prix.
With this victory Hamilton now sits eight points behind Verstappen in the Driver Standings, with the score 185 to 177.
The podium was rounded off with Leclerc finishing in second place and Bottas in third.
The race was not without controversy, with Verstappen’s crash on the first lap creating tensions between Red Bull and Mercedes.
With the season so close and Verstappen and Hamilton having battled it out race after race, an incident was bound to happen at some point, and today was that day.
On the opening lap, Verstappen and Hamilton were jousting for pole position, each time Verstappen just doing enough a remain in front.
However, chaos struck on turn nine when Hamilton collided into the back of Verstappen’s car, causing him to spin out and crash into the barrier in a nasty incident, ending his race.
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As is customary, the FIA immediately began investigating the incident. Red Bull Team Principal Christian Horner was particularly outspoken, protesting to the stewards for Hamilton to be penalised.
“Copse (Turn 9) is one of the fastest corners in the world, you don’t stick a wheel up the inside, that’s just dirty driving,” Horner said in response to the crash.
In the end the FIA penalised Hamilton, giving him a 10-second penalty for causing a crash, however Red Bull officials did not feel the punishment was just.
In the case of Verstappen, he was able to exit out of his car and walked away, even waving to the crowd before being taken to hospital to be checked out.
Strong result for Ferrari despite late heartbreak
The British Grand Prix looked as though it was going to be a day to remember for Leclerc for 50 of the 52 laps until Hamilton passed.
In the chaos of the crash between Verstappen and Hamilton, Leclerc was able to take first place before the safety car and subsequent red flag was deployed.
While the result may be disappointing for Leclerc, who was so close to his first Grand Prix victory since 2019, the result is still significant. This was his first podium finish since the British Grand Prix last year and is some solace for the disappointment of Monaco.
Carlos Sainz also did well for Ferrari finishing in sixth after starting the race in 10th place. Sainz has now scored in the points in the last three races and continues to have strong results for Ferrari.
Uneventful race for Ricciardo and McLaren
McLaren will leave Silverstone relatively pleased with today’s result despite minimal action.
Both Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo started fifth and sixth on the grid, and only climbed one position partly due to Verstappen being out of the race.
However, the result helps McLaren continue to cement their place in third in the Constructors Championship where they currently sit 15 points ahead of Ferrari, 163 to 148.
For Ricciardo, his fifth-place finish marks his best result so far this season. Ricciardo did a strong job to keep fifth place, having to defend hard against Sainz who was right on his tail for the majority of the last 15 laps.
Norris fourth-place finish also helps him continue his streak as the only driver to score in the points in every race this season.
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